Dena Chandler

Landscape Architect
a.k.a. LEED Green Do-it All

­Dena’s passion for landscape architecture is fueled by her interest in education as a means to re-connect people to the natural environment.  Dena developed and taught environmental education curriculum in the mountains of Costa Rica and Pennsylvania before returning to school for her Masters in Landscape Architecture.  As a Landscape Architect at Equinox, Dena has a working knowledge of design as well as ecological systems.  Dena is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design accredited professional (LEED AP) and enhances Equinox’ use and specification of sustainable materials.  Dena’s professional background includes design of park and open spaces, educational and interpretive landscapes, cultural landscapes, healing and therapeutic gardens, and native planting design. Dena resides with her family on a small farm in Madison County.

Why I Love This Work

 I love this work because no day is the same and I get to solve problems with creative, environmentally sensitive design solutions that I can feel good about.

Trainings & Certifications

NCSU Stream Restoration Program, AutoCAD for Stream Restoration Design (2010) Wilderness First Aid.  American Red Cross, 2009 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), 2008 ArcGIS 9 Training, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), 2007

Education

Master of Landscape Architecture; 2008, Ball State University Bachelor of Science, Natural Resources & Environmental Science; 2003, Purdue University

Skills

AutoCAD Civl3D, ArcMap, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office.  Sustainable landscape design and master planning, LEED compliance, zoning compliance, regulatory permitting, stormwater planning and design, hydrologic modeling (for stormwater treatment), construction documents, native plant selection, baseline documentation, and erosion control.

Favorite Species

Serviceberry - Amelanchier canadensis.  A beautiful understory tree with sweet June berries that can grow just about anywhere.